Houston County offering free Microsoft Office
The Houston County school system, in collaboration with Microsoft, is providing all middle and high school students, faculty and staff up to five free downloads of Microsoft Office 2013 Pro Plus for personal use. This is a full Office suite, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access, Publisher, Outlook and Lync.
A school email address is provided to all secondary students. This hcbe.net email address must be provided to receive a valid install license. For more information, students or parents may contact their schools.
PEACH COUNTY HOLDS SPELLING BEE
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Peach County held its spelling bee Feb. 6.
The winner was Bryson Patterson from Byron Middle School with second place going to Arsema Netsereab, also from Byron Middle School. The third-place winner was Emma Harris from Kay Road Elementary School. All the contestants received certificates and a Peach County spelling bee charm. The top three winners received medallions, and Bryson, the winner, received a handmade black and gold afghan and a “spelling bee” cake.
HOUSTON COUNTY HOLDING PRE-K REGISTRATION
The Houston County school system will register children for pre-kindergarten Feb. 23 through March 20 for the 2015-2016 school year. Parents are encouraged to register during specific dates assigned to their school to help prevent long waits.
About 1,300 children are expected to be registered for pre-K in the county.
Applicants will be entered into a computer system for a lottery drawing. No priority is given based on the order of registration. All children registered by March 20 will have an equal chance of computer selection, regardless of the registration date.
Registration will be held at the Central Registration office from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., with the exception of Wednesdays. Wednesday hours are from 8 a.m. to noon. Dates planned for registration by elementary school zone are Feb. 23–27 for Lindsey, Parkwood, Quail Run and Westside elementaries; March 2–6 for C.B. Watson, Lake Joy, Eagle Springs, Miller and Northside elementaries; March 9–13 for Bonaire, Centerville, David Perdue, Hilltop and Shirley Hills elementaries, and March 16–20 for Kings Chapel, Langston Road, Matt Arthur, Morningside, Russell and Tucker elementaries.
Pre-K students must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1. Only a parent or legal guardian may register a child.
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL IN HOUSTON COUNTY RECEIVES AWARD
Dustin Dykes, Thomson Middle School assistant principal for instruction, was presented the Georgia Outstanding Assistant Principal award for District 11. He was recognized at the Georgia Association of Middle School Principals conference in Savannah.
Dykes was one of five assistant principals in the state to receive the award for his “outstanding service to the children of Georgia.”
Writer Jeremy Timmerman ompiled this report.